The Blacksmith.

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A blacksmith courted me, nine months or better
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He fairly won my heart, wrote me a letter
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With his hammer in his hand, he looked quite clever
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And if I were with my love, I would live forever

But where is my love gone, with his cheeks like roses
And his good black billycock on, all crowned with primroses
I'm afraid the scorching sun, will shine and burn his beauty
And if I was with my love, I'd do my duty

Strange news has come to town, strange news is carried
Strange news flies up and down, that my love he's married
I wish them both much joy though they can't hear me
And may God reward them well for the slighting of me

Don't you remember well, when you lay beside me
And you said you'd marry me and not deny me
If I said I'd marry you, it was only for to try you
But bring your witness love, and I'll not deny you

Oh witness have I none, save God almighty
And may he reward you well, for the slighting of me
Her lips grew pale and wan, it made her poor heart tremble
To think she loved a one and he proved deceitful.

Trad. Words and music Andy Irvine

 


The Blacksmith has been around for many years, even before Planxty, but somehow the Planxty version is the one everyone remembers. Andy's reworking of this track is simply amazing, and known, quite rightly, as Andy Irvine's The Blacksmith.

The song is followed by an instrumental piece that was written by Andy and I have never heard anyone even attempt. It is truly amazing what this guy can do with an eight string instrument in his hands. I have versions of this with Planxty, solo, with Mick Hanly, with Paul Brady and everyone is fantastic. I just don't get tired of hearing it.Even on the recent 2004 Planxty reunion gigs, this song gets a roar of excitement from the crowd.

This instrumental piece at the end of the song became known as Blacksmitherians but was never written up as this untill very recently. Taking a 5/4 signature, this is where the song really takes off. If you haven't heard Andy's version of this check out my video clips ....................The best version of this song is the live version that Andy does SOLO, I do hope that he will record a solo version of this one day, maybe in a future Retrospective Album !

Addition to this is that MOZAIK have now recorded the Blacksmith on there new 'Live from the Powerhouse' This is a wonderful version and maybe better than the original Planxty recorded version ( maybe ! ). Interestingly enough, the instrumental piece that follows the Blacksmith has eventually been named Blacksmitherians.

Enjoy !

Kieron

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